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2013 in 12 pictures

31 Dec

January The bird of early 2013 had to be the then putative 1st winter Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston. Found late 2012 and identified as an Iceland Gull by RL and ML, the darker than normal appearance led Martin Garner to suggest it was actually a Kumlien’s. This was confirmed on it’s return in December.

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1st winter Kumlien’s Gull-RL

February The 2012/13 winter was one of the best recent Waxwings years. Among the many I saw were these I found while at work on the 5th.

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Waxwings-Finkle Street Cottingham

March Had a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees in late February/early March. The main target was Wallcreeper.

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Wallcreeper-Riglos-Spain 

April The highlight this month was the Rock Thrush at Kilnsea. A female so not the most attractive bird but a much sort after addition to any Yorkshire [and British] list. But what made this bird extra special was a Caspian Tern that flew north and was another much wanted county tick.

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Female Rock Thrush-Kilnsea

May Although 1st seen in January at High Eske NR this 1st winter Ring-necked Duck was much admired into May.

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Ring-necked Duck-Tophill Low NR

June Had a largely non-birding trip to New York this month but did get some birding done mainly in Central Park where this was taken.

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Blue Jay-Central Park, New York

July A trip to Fen Bog on 26th produced Keeled Skimmer-a tick for me.

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Male Keeled Skimmer-Fen Bog, N.Yorks

August On the 10th I trapped a Star-wort moth in my Cottingham garden. In Yorkshire virtually unknown away from Spurn Point.

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Star-wort moth

September This Bittern seen on the 26th was a new bird for me at North Cave Wetlands.

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Greater Bittern-N.Cave Wetlands

October An almost unbelievable find this Uresiphita gilvata caught in my garden on the 22th constituted this first record for Yorkshire.

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Uresiphita gilvata

November These Snow Buntings at Paull on the 24th qualify purely because they are one of my favourite birds and were so approachable.

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Snow Buntings-Paull

December This juvenile Ivory Gull found by Geoff Dobbs at Patrington Haven on the 15th was not just a Yorkshire tick for me but a lifer. My only British tick in 2013!

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Juvenile Ivory Gull-Patrington Haven

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Spanish Pyrenees 27/2-4/3/2013

29 May

ImageNight before at Premier Inn, Stanstead

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El Planeron

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Calandra Lark

ImageRincon del Cierco-Leccra

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Sunrise at El Planeron

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Great Bustard-Monegros

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Great Bustard in flight-Monegros

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Vadiello

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Vadiello

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Vadiello dam

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Feral Goats-Vadiello

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First night at Boletas-Loporzano

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Alpine Accentor-Riglos

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The rocks at Riglos

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View from Riglos

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Wallcreeper-Riglos

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Montearagon at dusk from Loporzano

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Griffon Vulture

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Nettle-tree butterfly-Riglos

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Montearagon

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Riglos

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Dartford Warbler-Montearagon

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moth at Boletas-Loporzan0

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Lammergeier

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San Juan de La Pena

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Distant Pyrenees

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Common Crossbill-San Juan de La Pena

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Richard George modelling Wallcreeper cap.

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 Spotless Starling-Loporzano